VMRC COVID-19 Fisheries Disaster Relief Information

May 22, 2020: the Survey Monkey site used for the VMRC COVID-19 disaster relief survey released this week will be down tomorrow (Saturday) 12 pm to 8pm for maintenance. Survey responses can be provided through June 1. [ Survey Announcement  |  Fisheries Disaster Relief Survey ]

May 19, 2020:  The Commission has released a survey to help the agency determine priorities and ensure that VMRC is making the best use of the limited NOAA fisheries disaster relief funds.  Marine fisheries participants, as outlined in the survey, should respond to the survey by June 1, 2020. [ Survey Announcement  |  Fisheries Disaster Relief Survey ]

May 12, 2020:  On May 7th, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Virginia fisheries will receive $4.5 Million in disaster relief funding. Congress appropriated $300 million total for fisheries disaster impacts due to COVID-19 in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

We were greatly disappointed in the amount allocated to Virginia as it will not begin to address the economic damage in our region. [See related Press Release]

Before MRC can distribute any funding, we must develop a plan consistent with the CARES Act and NOAA’s guidance, and NOAA must review and approve this plan. Further information from NOAA: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/commerce-secretary-announces-allocation-300-million-cares-act-funding?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

We are working on this plan and will post further updates regarding eligibility and how to apply for funding on this page. MRC is committed to working through this process as efficiently and transparently as possible.

If you have any additional questions please email covid19relief@mrc.virginia.gov or call: 757-247-2272 OR 757-247-8155

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